• Do's and Don'ts of Read Alouds
    **  Start reading aloud.  It's never too early to begin.  It's never too late to begin.
    **  Read as often as you and the child have time for.
    **  Try to set aside at least one traditional time each day for a story.
    **  Remember that the art of listening is an acquired one.  It must be taught and cultivated gradually-- it doesn't happen overnight.
    **  Picture books can be read easily to a family of children widely separated in age.  Novels, however, pose a problem.  If here are more than two years between children, each child would benefit greatly if you read to him or her individually.  This requires more effort on the part of the parents, but it will reap rewards in direct proportion to the effort expended.  You will reinforce the specialness of each child.
    **  Follow through with your reading.  If you start a book, it is your responsibility to continue, unless it turns out to be a bad book.  Don't leave your child handing for 3 or 4  days bewteen chapters and expect their interest to be sustained.  
    **  Occasionally read above the child's intellectual level and challenge their minds.  
    **  Remember that even sixth grade students love a good picture book now and then.
    **  Allow time for discussion after reading a story.  DO NO TURN DISCUSSIONS INTO QUIZZES.
    **  Use plenty of expression when reading.  If possible, change your tone of voice to fit the dialogue.
    **  Adjust your pace to fit the story.  During a suspenseful part, slow down, draw your words out, bring your listeners to the edge of their chairs.
    **  The most common mistake in reading aloud is reading too fast.  Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures of what he has just heard you read.  
    **  Regulate the amount of time your child spends in front of the tv or playing video games.   
Last Modified on February 8, 2013